TÁNAISTE Leo Varadkar has apologized to the Fine Gael faction for the events that have led to a nearly two-year criminal investigation into leaking a confidential government document to a friend.
r Varadkar thanked his TDs and senators for their “support, trust, trust and loyalty” at a meeting at Leinster House today, a week after news he would not face criminal charges for alleged breaches of corruption laws.
What the Fine Gael leader described as a “long but meticulous and thorough investigation” into An Garda Síochána ended last week when the chief prosecutor informed him and others involved in the matter that no charges would be brought.
In April 2019, Mr. Varadkar presented Dr. Maitiú Ó Tuathail, a friend and then President of a competing organization, the National Association of General Practitioners (NAG). The matter was later the subject of a criminal complaint and a full investigation by Gardaí.
Sources at today’s meeting said Mr Varadkar gave a “big speech” on the subject and referred to the incident itself, saying 20 things happened that day and that sending the document to Dr. Ó Tuathail was done in a hurry.
Mr Varadkar told the meeting that he did so with the right intentions as he believed it was important to onboard the now defunct NAGP to complete the GP deal.
He added that nothing illegal was done and he was acquitted, but also said, according to those who attended the meeting, that it was inappropriate to hand the document over to his friend afterwards.
Multiple sources at the meeting said he apologized to members for the two years of unfortunate publicity it caused for the party and himself.
https://www.independent.ie/news/tanaiste-leo-varadkar-apologises-to-fine-gael-colleagues-over-two-year-garda-leak-probe-41838277.html Tánaiste Leo Varadkar apologizes to Fine Gael colleagues over two-year Garda leak probe